Employment Opportunity

Firearms ID Lab Manager

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: March 9, 2018

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Directs and manages personnel in the development, implementation, administration and operation of various systems, plans and projects within the Firearms Laboratory Section.
  • Manages and directs personnel, reviews operations, and establishes goals and objectives within the Firearms Laboratory.
  • Performs general administrative functions, including job postings, authorizations of payments and preparation of personnel reports.
  • Reviews analyst testimony.
  • Supervises and evaluates the performance of subordinate personnel.
  • Participates in the training, competency testing, and proficiency testing of lab staff according to established protocols.
  • Conducts casework, prepares written reports that support analytical findings, and provides expert testimony in court, as necessary.
  • Peer reviews staff cases (administrative and technical), and ensures 100% of cases are peer reviewed.
  • Assists in the preparation of grant applications and administration of active grant programs within the Firearms Laboratory.
  • Reviews workload and prepares monthly statistical reports for the Director of Physical Evidence and the Laboratory Director.
  • Works with the Quality Manager to ensure that the laboratory remains in compliance with all ANAB accreditation standards.
  • Coordinates and acts as the liaison among various divisions of the Institute of Forensic Sciences and outside agencies.
  • Actively participates in the Firearms Laboratory Call Out rotation.
  • Develops and manages the budget for the Section.
  • Law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, educators and peers during professional training or participation in accreditation or certification visits.


  • Bachelor's of Science degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution with a major in the natural sciences (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics) or Forensic Science.
  • Has successfully completed a training program that adheres to the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners training manual in addition to requisite proficiency in microscopic examinations.
  • Has completed a firearms training program and a period of supervised casework.
  • Minimum of five (5) years' experience after completion of training and supervised casework.
  • Proficiency in Firearms Identification microscopic examinations and procedures.
  • Familiarity with accreditation standards and requirements of the ANSI - ASQ. National Accreditation Board (ANAB) program and ISO 17025:2017
  • Ability to safely test fire all types of firearms on a routine basis.
  • Maintain a valid Texas driver's license and the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Additional requirements:
  • AFTE certification must be obtained within two years of hire.
  • Must comply with State of Texas licensure requirements.
  • Ability to work for extended periods of time while seated at a comparison microscope.
  • Ability to work for extended periods of time at a personal computer.
  • Ability to work for extended periods of time at any hour during Firearm Examiner Call-Out.
Physical Requirements:
  • Physical activities include, but are not limited to, standing, walking, running, talking, and hearing.
  • Ability to lift moderately heavy items up to 50 lbs.
  • Seven (7) years of experience after completion of training and supervised case work.
  • Proficient in Firearms Identification microscopic examinations and procedures
  • AFTE certification in Firearms Examination procedures.
  • Ability to understand and use statistics as they apply or will apply to firearms examinations and comparisons.

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Posted: February 8, 2018

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